|Abstemious: Sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
|They are used to leading an abstemious life.
|Decadence: The state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
|He lived a life of total decadence.
|Derogatory: Expressive of low opinion
|He passed derogatory comments about everyone who came in contact with him.
|Desultory: Marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose
|We made some desultory conversation while waiting for the bus.
|Disparate: Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
|A disparate group of people across the city protested against the rise in prices.
|Edifice: A structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
|She was armed with a list of historical edifices which she must not fail to visit.
|Extant: Still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
|The oldest extant copy is dated 1492.
|Levity: Feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
|Levity during working hours was not tolerated by his boss.
|Lugubrious: Excessively mournful
|He plays the violin so slowly that it becomes lugubrious.
|Maudlin: Effusively or insincerely emotional
|He turned maudlin after three drinks.
|Nebulous: Lacking definite form or limits
|We glimpsed a nebulous figure through the mist.
|Obsequious: Attempting to win favour from influential people by flattery
|He bowed in an obsequious manner.
|The puissant Red Indian chief was not open to discussion.
|Redolent: Having a strong pleasant odour
|The redolent aroma of the pines filled the air.
|Repose: Freedom from activity
|He took his repose by the swimming pool.
|Reviled: Spread negative information about
|Some of us admire them, some revile them, but most people can't imagine joining their ranks.
|Scion: A descendent or heir
|He was the scion of an aristocratic family that lost their fortune in the revolution.
|Sultry: Characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
|Summers are usually sultry and oppressive.
|Supplication: A prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
|He raised his arms in a gesture of supplication.
|Trenchant: Characterized by or full of force and vigour
|He was shattered by the trenchant criticism.
|Vicissitudes: A variation in circumstances or fortune
|He was continuously stiffening himself to withstand life’s vicissitudes.